The New York Times released a damning report Thursday detailing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against comedian Louis C.K., who had disputed rumors of such troubling behavior for years, most recently in September.
The report included accounts from five different women who described various incidents of alleged sexual harassment by the comedian, born Louis Székely.
The comedian’s publicist, Lewis Kay, told the Times in an email, “Louis is not going to answer any questions.” HuffPost has reached out to Kay for comment and will update this post accordingly.
Two women, the comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, described an encounter that took place in 2002. The women said Louis C.K. invited them to his hotel room after one of their performances. As soon as they sat down, the women said, Louis C.K. asked if he could take his penis out of his pants.
“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman told the paper, adding that they were “paralyzed” by the encounter.
Both women said they told others about the incident the day after it happened and they “could already feel the backlash.” They claimed that Louis C.K.’s manager Dave Becky wanted them to stop sharing the story, and they told the Times they felt they had been warned to stay quiet. Becky denied threatening the women in any way.
Another woman, Abby Schachner, said she could hear Louis C.K. masturbating while she was on the phone with him in 2003. The call, she said, quickly became “unprofessional and inappropriate.”
“You want to believe it’s not happening,” she said, adding that she “felt very ashamed” because of the incident, as she looked up to Louis C.K.
Comedian Rebecca Corry told the Times that Louis C.K. asked her if he could masturbate in front of her in 2005, while the two were appearing on a television pilot together. She declined his advances.
The show’s executive producers,…